TOP TIPS FOR MAKING A LARGE POND
USE THE SPOIL Use it to form mounds and banks elsewhere ✔ in the garden, creating exciting new planting opportunities.
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POND LINER WEIGHT My pond liner ✔ weighed 350kg and had to be rolled into position using heavy duty drainpipes, just as the Egyptians moved stone for the pyramids!
INCLUDE A PLANTING TRENCH Dig one in the margins where you can ✔ make gravel planting pockets. The gravel will be held in place here, rather than washing down into the base of the pond. ✔ PROTECT THE LINER I used a layer of thick pond felt below and above the butyl liner. Emptying the pond is hard work if the liner gets damaged. AVOID FLOODING Think about where the pond might overflow in heavy ✔ rain – a large volume of water could flow out from the lowest point.
✔ ENSURE ALL MARGINS ARE LEVEL In a large pond there’s more chance to get it wrong and for one side to jut awkwardly out of the water.